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Learn 21: Math Resource Grades 3-12 Identification, Review and Submission**
 
Course Description
    

This course will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best mathematics resources on the web for students in grades 3-12. Two readings will be provided as the initial introduction for each course session. There will be an abundant number of activities each week. All activities will be designed to assist participants with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. examples of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) Participants will submit 4-6 resources via an online process during sessions 1-6 with the expectation that they have a minimum of 5 resources approved by WVDE or a maximum of 10 resources approved by WVDE. All course participants must be certified by WVDE to teach mathematics and they must also be currently employed as a teacher in a West Virginia. Course participants will field test identified resources with students they teach and provide course feedback regarding the implementation of identified resources with their students. A WVDE WebTop account will be required for this course.


**This course meets the technology requirement for recertification.

This course will require a minimum of 45 hours to complete. A stipend is available to teachers participating in this course. The stipend will be awarded upon successful course completion of all course requirements and will reflect the number of resources approved by WVDE: 5-9 approved resources = $250 and 10 or more approved resources = $500.

This course requires average to advanced-level technology skills.

Participants in this course must be employed as a certified mathematics teacher or as a certified multi-grades K-8 teacher.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Learn 21 Identification, Review and Approval of Mathematics Resources

 Catalog Description

This is one of a series of courses to be designed for the identification and submission of resources to be reviewed for inclusion on the WVDE Learn 21 Web site. This course is specific to the identification and submission of Learn 21 math resources for grades 3-12.The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation during which participants actively explore and identify engaging, student-centered mathematics resources that promote high-quality learning of content. By the end of this course, participants will initiate and successfully complete the identification, review and submission process for math resources.

By the end of this course, participants will initiate and successfully complete the identification, review and submission process for mathematics resources for:

Grades 3-5 (course participants who teach grades 3, 4 or 5):
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Number and Operations in Base 10
Number and Operations-Fractions
Measurement and Data
Geometry-Concrete Geometric Representations (Physical Models)
Geometry-Abstract Geometric Representations (Matrix Models)

Grades 6-8 (course participants who teach grades 6, 7 or 8):
Ratio and Proportional Relationships
The Number System
Expressions and Equations
Geometry
Statistics and Probability
Functions

Grade 8-Math I (course participants who teach grades 9-12):
Relationships Between Quantities
Linear and Exponential Relationships
Reasoning With Equations
Descriptive Statistics
Congruence, Proof, Construction
Connecting Algebra and Geometry through Coordinates

 

Prerequisites

This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel who are certified to teach grades mathematics (Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) for the purpose of reading and sending documents throughout this course.


Goals

This workshop will enable participants to:

  • Identify, review and submit mathematics resources through the WVDE Learn 21 approval process.
  • Utilize mathematics resources submitted to Learn 21 for classroom instruction


Assessment and Course Requirements

Each session of this course includes readings, activities, discussion topics which participants are required to complete. High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course. Additionally, participants will identify, review and submit 2-4 online mathematics resources for each of the six course content sessions. Resources will be reviewed and submitted via an online resource review form. Weekly submissions of individual resources will be reviewed by a Technology Integration Specialist, the WVDE eLearning Coordinator and a content specialist. Feedback will be provided for all mathematics resources submitted for Learn 21 approval. Participants are expected spend three (3) hours completing the course Orientation and then seven (7) hours per week in each of the six content sessions. Participants are required to complete an initial course survey during the course Orientation and a final course survey during Session Six. All participants will be prompted to review and then indicate that they understand the WVDE eLearning for Educators Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) posted at http://wvde.state.wv.us/elearning/docs/WVLearns_participant_memorandum_of_understanding.pdf.


Course Products

The products for this course are the collections of mathematics resource review forms submitted to WVDE for possible inclusion on the Learn 21 website. Participants will submit the following resources:

Week #1 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Grades 6-8: Ratio and Proportional Relationships
Grade 8 & Math I: Relationships Between Quantities

Week #2 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Number and Operations in Base 10
Grades 6-8: The Number System
Grade 8 & Math I: Linear and Exponential Relationships


Week #3 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Number and Operations-Fractions
Grades 6-8: Expressions and Equations
Grade 8 & Math I: Reasoning With Equations

Week #4 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Measurement and Data
Grades 6-8: Geometry
Grade 8 & Math I: Congruence, Proof and Construction
 

Week #5 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Geometry-Concrete Geometric Representations (Physical Models)
Grades 6-8: Statistics and Probability
Grade 8 & Math I: Descriptive Statistics

Week #6 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Geometry-Abstract and Geometric Representations (Matrix Models)
Grades 6-8: Functions
Grade 8 & Math I: Connecting Algebra and Geometry Through Coordinates

 

Discussion Participation

Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance and the degree to which they extend the discussion. Participants are to read all original messages by course colleagues and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session.
 

Sessions Overview

Sessions One-Six will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best math resources on the web for students in grades 5, 6-8 or 9-12. Two readings will be provided as the initial introduction for each session. There will be an abundant number of activities each week. All activities will be designed to assist participants with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs/Next Generation Standards as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. Participants will be responding to one course colleague each week and reading all discussion posts and threads. The format for Session Two through Session Six will closely follow the Session One format. Each session will feature two readings, examples of accepted/not-accepted Learn 21 resources and instructions for reviewing and submitting resources.

Session One: Math Resources Week #1

This session will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best mathematics resources on the web for students in grades 3-high school. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The first resource examines the development of "serious games" for play and learning and the second resource introduces you to the types of questions you will answer as you complete the Learn 21 resource review form. There will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague each week from your grade band (i.e. grades 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12) and reading all discussion posts and threads.

Week #1 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Grades 6-8: Ratio and Proportional Relationships
Grade 8 & Math I: Relationships Between Quantities


 Session Two: Math Resources Week #2

This session will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best mathematics resources on the web for students in grades 3-high school. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The first resource is blog about learning, teaching and playing with K-12 mathematics and the second resource another blog about teaching and learning mathematics, software tutorials, technology integration, Web.2.0 technology, blogging and more. There will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague each week from your grade band (i.e. grades 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12) and reading all discussion posts and threads.

Week #2 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Number and Operations in Base 10
Grades 6-8: The Number System
Grade 8 & Math I: Linear and Exponential Relationships



Session Three: Math Resources Week #3

This session will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best math resources on the web for students in grades 3-high school. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The readings examine elementary grades Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) solutions. As in previous sessions, there will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague each week and reading all discussion posts and threads.

Week #3 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Number and Operations-Fractions
Grades 6-8: Expressions and Equations
Grade 8 & Math I: Reasoning With Equations

 

Session Four: Math Resources Week #4

This session will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best math resources on the web for students in grades 3-high school. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The resources for this session will focus upon the interaction of students with online resources and online learning. There will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague each week and reading all discussion posts and threads.

Week #4 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Measurement and Data
Grades 6-8: Geometry
Grade 8 & Math I: Congruence, Proof and Construction

 

Session Five: Math Resources Week #5

This session will be devoted to locating and reviewing the math resources on the web for grades 3-Math I. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The first resource examines the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Mathematics Map. The second resource addresses the connections between ICT literacy skills, technology tools, and the learning goals of core subject areas. As in previous sessions, there will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague each week and reading all discussion posts and threads.

Week #5 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Geometry-Concrete Geometric Representations (Physical Models)
Grades 6-8: Statistics and Probability
Grade 8 & Math I: Descriptive Statistics


Session Six: Math Resources Week #6

Welcome to Session Six! This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the math resources on the web for grades 3-Math I. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The first resource examines the personalization of student learning. The second resource addresses the creations of a National Digital Learning Days by Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague each week and reading all discussion posts and threads.

Week #6 Resource Review and Submission Topics:
Grades 3-5: Geometry-Abstract and Geometric Representations (Matrix Models)
Grades 6-8: Functions
Grade 8 & Math I: Connecting Algebra and Geometry Through Coordinates

 

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.


Non-Degree Graduate Credit

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from West Virginia University, Marshall University or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.